tv Interview with Representative Trey Hollingsworth CSPAN April 12, 2017 7:54am-8:10am EDT
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>> freshman congressman trey hollingsworth represent indiana's ninth congressional district, the seat was previously held by senator todd young. we spoke to congressman hollingsworth as part of a series of interviews we are conducting with new members of congress. this is 10 minutes. >> trey hollingsworth representing the ninth district of indiana, a republican. what did you do before coming to congress? >> been in business my entire career. i renovated and repositioned all manufacturing facilities taking to capital facilities and turning them around, repositioning them, rehabilitating them, making them if i mentally cleaning them up and helping manufacturers, distributors grow in america versus going overseas. i did that for ten years and moved into manufacturing businesses trying to figure out how to create more opportunities not only in the marketplace but for employees who wanted to work with us. >> host: how did you get involved?
>> guest: i always knew i wanted to be in business and in 2004, 2005, 2006 it was all the rage to go overseas. the manufacturers were leaving the united states and manufacturing, i never believed that. always felt this country has the most innovative, most productive workers in the world. the products we come up with, the refined processes we are able to develop set us apart. i started investing in manufacturing and got lucky on a few, being able to create real value, and opportunity for local companies near their headquarters rather than going overseas. the energy research is in america, the realization around the globe are inherent fragile, other things brought more companies back on shore so excited to be part of that movement. >> host: when and why did you decide to run for congress? >> guest: my feeling was we should be doing better than this.
we should have more opportunities for americans to get great jobs, to see those jobs pay more over time, to create small businesses in their garagees and become the apple, hewlett-packard and google of the world, i wanted to see more opportunity for americans and the way to do that is to bring real and genuine business to washington. create the opportunity for americans by ensuring policies in washington reflect the business of america should be business. i wanted to take experiences, i get one of many experiences, take that experience to help inform good policy come in for my colleagues what it is like to create opportunities in a difficult regulatory environment, create new products with the tax code that doesn't work and promote growth. >> host: you grew up in tennessee. how did you become a congressman from the ninth district of indiana? >> guest: i grew up in a small town in called country in tennessee but like many kids
moved away to go to college and that my wife shortly thereafter and as we moved across the country for her job we decided when we started our family we were to move closer to her home. we live four miles from where she was born and raised, 6 miles from her family, she is one of five, we expect our first baby in july and first grandbaby in the family, she knew she wanted to be first in her family. >> host: will you keep the house in dc or indiana? >> guest: we will stay in indiana. it is hugely important. my wife and i as we expect our first baby want to be close to her family. that was the point of living in indiana was to be close to family so we could raise our kids, knowing their grandparents, seeing them on a regular basis, sunday night dinners, and when we started those, wouldn't ever give that up so she remains in indiana and fly back and forth and get home as soon as i can. >> you are 33 years old and what
does that mean for you in an institution where according to congressional research the average age of a member of congress is. >> guest: we bring a different set of experiences. my world was shaped by the experiences, and new york city in the pentagon and pennsylvania and the financial crisis of 2008-2009. and very helpful and certainly i have absolute respect of all my colleagues in the diverse experiences, millennial's being represented is usually important to us ensuring policies reflect the massive amount of technological growth. >> they push term limits but i believe in them.
the district, washington doesn't serve the people. and instead of taking great experiences outside of that, take that informed public policy, and the career field. and serve a better future for america. whatever term limits? >> i pledge eight years, i fundamentally believe we should be the example from the change we want to see in this world. ..
i hope to lead the economy, hoped to leave the country, hopefully the fiscal situation better than i found it. and to have done my part to be able to ensure that every generation of americans that comes after us will live better than this one. >> you start by making random phone calls to constituents in the district? >> not every day i starts up at everyday i do that. people don't like to get calls at 7 a.m. i get to hear the most fantastic stories and what they're focused on. >> to have you talked to this week? >> actually the alzheimer's group was up here this week advocating and i talked with woman last week who had expressed to me has she cares for her husband. they been married for decades. she lives in ford county now she's having to care for him as he goes through alzheimer's.
hearing in her voice of the desperation and a sense of a lifetime of memories gradually being eroded. she asked me if i ever see trump, if i talk to trump, if i get an opportunity to hear from trump that i should express her deep desire for us to ensure resources get allocated to find a cure for alzheimer's. i did. i wrote a letter to trump and said that i've spoken with her and like many people across this country, there's a deep desire for a cure to alzheimer's being found and ensuring that we properly marshal the resources, as well as enable and empower the private sector through biotech innovation to find a a cure for it is usually important. that's what a great many store. i've also heard from a few sheriffs this week is a talk at some the changes in law enforcement. i also make sure call local officials and first responders to ensure i'm doing all he can to support them as a. >> you didn't have a lot of political experience come into this job but you did some
experience with national media dating back to when you were 15 years old in an interview with the "washington post." >> yes. that was more foisted upon me than by my seeking it exactly. >> what was at about? >> when i was very young i went to a camp effectively for the summit that was with a focus on businesses, and how to develop young entrepreneurs and people that were just in businesses. i've always been focused on how i could create opportunities in the marketplace, how i could help serve customers. i was really excited to go out to oregon to do that. the "washington post" was interested in a story but this camp promoting young people in the business and trying to find ways to help them understand where opportunities might exist, but it might take advantage and create sustainable, viable enterprises in the long run. i was just one of many that were there. >> about 20 years later, now a member of congress, what are your committee assignments? >> i'm on house financial services which allowed.
it's an area i've had a lot of interest in all of my life. i focused on finance. i am a banner waving believer that if we can get capital out to small business, if we can capital out individuals who want to start businesses we can reignite this economy. we are not seeing the type of small business creation that we have over the last 40, 50 years. that's led to lack of employment growth. it's like to lack of opportunities for individuals to control the financial future. i want to get more capital out to them. i want people to be able to start their business in the garage is that eventually become the big businesses that have hundreds of employees. those success stories i want to hear about. i want to help create that for them by unlocking the financial services sector to be able to get the capital out. >> congressman, thanks so much for your time. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> we are live this morning at the newseum in washington before a day for discussion on press and the presidency. "washington post" reporter david
fairchild who just won a pulitzer prize for his coverage of president donald trump one getting started in just a moment. that will be full by former white house press secretary ari fleischer who worked on the president george w. bush, and jennifer who served under president obama. also greta van susteren will interview current white house press secretary sean spicer this is expected to start in just a moment. life coverage here on c-span2. [inaudible conversations] while we wait for things to get started at the newseum will show a conversation we had recently with a new member of congress.
>> congressman, you are from west point georgia, born and raised. what's west point georgia like? >> it's a remarkable community and its my hometown, something i'm very proud of. the progress that it's made. we were a community that lost really are manufacturing backbone. we was all but one of the largest tech stock companies in the world and we watched some pretty bad policy out of washington d.c. force those jobs overseas. so we lived for a decade and a half in a pretty tough economy. saw generation fall into poverty for the first time in the communities history. it was very refreshing to see our community pull together and lead an effort to bring advanced manufacturing back in a form of the automotive industry. we landed the kia motors manufacturing plant in north america. it's been a remarkable turnaround for committee and the thing we learned is that jobs
are so important. >> you were a dentist for 20 years before you entered politics is that why you wanted to run for mayor because of what was happening in your community? >> i was content practicing dentistry and raising my children and having our family see some level of prosperity. what we realize is because of the changes that were going on economically in our community we had to get involved to public service. that's when i ran for mayor, and we got involved in economic development project that lost so many jobs to west point and the west georgia region. and really public services something we were doing because wanted to see our friends and her family and my patients in aa much better sputnik so we focused very heavily on job creation there. there's this unique opportunity where lynn westmoreland decide not to run again. he was a great member of
congress for 12 years. we decide to take the lessons that we had learned about economic development, about jobs and education and committee redevelopment and see if we can bring some of those ideas to really work to washington. >> what was the key when you were mayor to bringing industry back into an area that had suffered such a loss? >> several things we found to be very important to never one you had to have the right tax environment. creating attack structure for companies can be successful is important, particularly in the first few years as they're getting going to making sure that you the right regulatory environment is incredibly important. as soon as we took down the barriers to regulation and we became a partner with industry instead of government being an obstacle, we thought we'd make it a great place to do this is an x-rated even more economic activity. very important have the right education system in place. that is something we've got to
do as a nation. we have two cows with got to have great public education. our communities need great public vacation because without it we are unable to attract the jobs that we need. employers need a stable workforce and making sure they have access to employees, not just today but ten years now as vitally important. we are going to quit the manufacture job the president has campaigned con, we got to make sure the workforce. we also saw the value of strategic public investments in infrastructure. we saw wha when we can make investments in infrastructure that really gave the private sector the stability to come in to market. we the private sector spent way more than a public investment. create jobs, greater tax revenues -- >> and live now to discussion that will last all day on the press and the presidency taking place at the newseum here in washington d.c.